Greece Creative Art Retreat - August 2020 with Nerida De Jong

Have you ever dreamed of a holiday in the Greek Islands? We have put together the perfect creative holiday....turquoise waters, quaint fishing villages, sailing to secluded beaches and some creative time out every day. We are heading to the heart of where the movie 'Mama Mia' was filmed for some iconic creative inspiration. It's time to put aside 10 days of relaxing, swimming, eating and being creative. This tour will sell out quickly - don't hesitate to get your deposit down now.

In 2020 we are taking 3 retreats to Greece, so have a look at the options and pick the one that best fits for you.

Our 'Greece Creative Retreat' is for the light-hearted artist who would like to enjoy a creative holiday. Creatively, you will enjoy sessions with our local artist learning to create beautiful pen & watercolour travel journals as well as printmaking & ceramic plate painting sessions at our local art studio. You need no art experience whatsoever to join in.

This art retreat combines all of our favourite things together in one package. We have thought about what the ultimate holiday would look like:

Stay on a small Greek island surrounded by lush forests and turquoise waters - tick

Time to be creative, working in not just plein-air, but other art forms as well (printmaking & ceramics)

Learn from a renowned artist who lives on the island and can give you local knowledge on where and what to paint - tick

Sailing trips to see the island from the deck of a sailing boat where you can snorkel, sunbathe, paint or just soak in the Mediterranean atmosphere - tick

Locally picked tapas bars where you can drink a cocktail and enjoy some music and people watching while the sun sets - tick

A local grandmother cooking occasional meals for us - tick

Accommodation that is comfortable, affordable, has a view and is a walk to town - tick

Well organised and experienced art tour operators that know how to put on a great time, but allow enough chill out time to take it all in - tick

Artable has built its reputation on providing the best in art travel experiences. Our Greece Creative Art Retreat package brings together years of traveling and workshop experience to design a holiday that will be not only creative, but relaxing and interesting as well. Artable is renowned for working with beginners, so if you have never painted before, you will find this a magical way to learn and to start a new hobby and way of traveling for life.

Artable painting holidays steer clear of trying to fit too much in on one holiday. We prefer to find a place we love and settle in for 10 days, exploring the local culture and scenery each day whilst being creative.

This workshop sees us visit artist Nerida De Jong on the island of Skopelos. As artists, we look for that magic combination of being surrounded by beauty, being able to live like a local, having the chance to eat fresh, local produce and insider knowledge of the area that we visit. Our accommodation is in shared rooms of 2 with spectacular views of the harbour and is walking distance to town. You will need to be able to handle some walking on this tour as our accommodation is set up high and we will favor walking wherever possible.

Breakfast is included each morning with some lunches and some dinners included in the price (others allow you to choose & pay for your own meals at a variety of restaurants).

If you have never painted before, this is the perfect place to learn. Painters will have painting sessions either morning or afternoon and you can choose how much or how little painting you do. Non-painting partners are welcome to join us as well and will have plenty to do. With only 3-4 hours each day painting, we have the rest of the time to swim, relax, shop, dine and more!

You don't need to feel as though you are a good painter to do this trip, we have taken many beginner painters away to learn with us before. You may even have just felt the urge to start painting and drawing - this is a good way to take it up and learn for the first time. 

You need NO EXPERIENCE/TALENT WHATSOEVER - We will be stepping you through techniques to help you. Imagine telling your friends in years to come where you learnt to paint! You can draw or paint in any medium that suits you.

Non-painting partners are very welcome to join us - they will have an amazing time and Steve is on hand to make sure that they do!

PLEASE NOTE: This tour involves a lot of walking up hills and stairs around the village of Skopelos. Please contact us if you have fears around your ability to cope with this.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is in the heart of Skopelos in a hillside hotel with ocean views. Rooms are shared between 2 people and we don’t mix male/females in shared rooms.You can pay a supplement for your own room, contact us for details.

MEALS

This trip relies heavily on group numbers and we are contracted to our accommodation partners as well. Therefore it is necessary to charge a cancellation fee as outlined below in the event that you decide to cancel. If we decide to cancel the trip at any time we will issue you with a FULL refund. We are not responsible for expenses incurred in the preparation of trips (even cancelled trips), such as airline tickets, travel delays, flight cancellations or health problems. There is no refund if you arrive late or decide to leave early. Deposits secure your place.

Breakfast is included each morning as well as 5 dinners & 5 lunches. Other meals are pay as you go so you can choose your own Greek fare in the restaurants and eateries we visit.

CLIMATE

The climate at this time of year is painting perfect. You can expect weather around 18-25C (70-80F). Evenings can get cool as we are there in Autumn.

CLOTHING

You will need to pack art clothes as well as nicer clothes
for dining out. Pack some cool weather clothes for evenings and early mornings. A rain/wind jacket is a good travel companion to have. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended, there are lovely walks around the island. We have included sailing on this trip and plenty of opportunities to swim & relax.

TRAVEL/TRANSFER

You need to find your way to Skopelos on day 1 and we will pick you up from the port. You may need to overnight somewhere in Athens or Skiathos depending on what time you come in.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is not included in the cost, is highly recommended and is to be organized by you.

ART SESSIONS

Our itinerary includes plenty of time to paint outside from life as well as sessions with artist Nerida DeJong. We will also enjoy 2 other creative days using other mediums. You can choose to paint as much or as little as you like. Gillian is on hand to help anyone that needs assistance, inspiration or guidance, but we want this to very much be an opportunity for you to be creative in your own style and sense. 

FLIGHTS

Flights & boat transfers are not included and are to be organised by you.

PAYMENT

A deposit of $500AUD is to be made via our website to secure your spot
The balance of payment is due on 31 June 2020. You can pay us in installments if this helps.

NON-PAINTING PARTNERS

Non-painting partners will feel very much a part of the group. Steve is on hand to drop non-painters anywhere they would like to visit, or to share a wine or two whilst partners are painting.

CANCELLATION/REFUNDS

Cancellation fees are determined accordingly:
Between 1 May & 1 June 2020 - $500 cancellation fee
Between 2 June & 1 July 2020 - 50% of the trip cost
From 1 August 2020 - no refunds

PAYMENT DETAILS

Payments are to be made to: 

Artable Pty Ltd

Commonwealth Bank of Australia
BSB: 062 643
ACC: 1008 8473 
Please use your surname as reference and the letters MON.
For example Smith MON

Itinerary What's Included

To book, email your enquiry using the button below or phone Gillian on 0411 317 606.

$3995 $500 deposit required
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Meet the Teach

Nerida De Jong

Artist Nerida de Jong captures the essence of her life experiences in the rich, vibrant colors of her acrylic paintings. Her style is very natural with brush strokes flowing organically. Her attention to intricate and beautiful detail brings a reality to her work that draws you into the painting allowing you to share those experiences with her.

Her paintings tell real life stories. “My works are just what they are—explanations of what’s happening around me at a particular time,” de Jong explains.

Remembering the passion for drawing and painting that she felt from the age of three, the Australian Artist Nerida de Jong…

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